On some nights, the crowd at Arribas will keep dancing until 4 or 5 in the morning. This kind of popularity does not happen by chance. The owners have spent the time to build out an imaginative event calendar mixing in guest DJs, special party nights, live benefit concerts and sports screenings.
The brushed concrete floor, metal furniture, hardwood railings and clean lines give the place a stripped back, minimalist vibe that carries all the nighttime activity effortlessly. Make sure you check out the meticulously built Flor de Caña bottle wall at the entrance when you next walk by.
As the sun begins to set and the air cools, out come the squashy cushions and the sofas on the sand. Grab a spot fast as as few hours later it will be standing room only as the DJs take things up a notch and the place transforms from cocktail bar to nightclub.
“What’s the most popular cocktail at Arribas bar?” I asked a waitress the last time I was there. Her first answer was “Piña Colada” but then she paused and said it was impossible to say. “There’s no signature drink at Arribas Bar” she added.
It’s probably because the bar attracts an eclectic mix of tourists, expats, backpackers and locals – each with a different story to tell and, it seems, a different favorite drink. The appetizer menu runs from ceviche to buffalo wings with space for quesadillas, nachos and cheese fries – just what you need to keep your thirst up.
Arribas flows nicely over two levels and out onto the beach. As the party vibe builds you may find yourself dancing away on the soft sand trying not to spill your drink as you throw your hands in the air. That sounds just about perfect for a tropical party overlooking the ocean.